The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Edo State has confirmed the outbreak of yellow fever in three local government areas of the state.
They are Uhunmwonde, Esan West and Esan Central Local Government Areas.
This was disclosed on Monday by the State chairman of NMA, Dr Valentine Omoifo.
He urged the state government to immediately open centres and stock them with the necessary vaccines to prevent the spread of the disease which he described as deadly but manageable.
Omoifo said: “We are aware that about nine cases have tested positive for the disease following a preliminary investigation by relevant agencies of government and await confirmation from the WHO Regional Reference Laboratory.
“There is currently no known cure for this infection; however, it can be prevented by vaccination. People are adviced not to panic if they notice any of the above symptoms but to go to the nearest health facility for supportive management and proper referral for management of the complications.”
Omoifo said the association is in touch with the state ministry of health and other relevant government agencies.